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Reinventing Wal-Mart?

So Wal-Mart is attempting to reinvent its public image in the wake of public demonstrations by workers and lagging economic performance. How? Through the creation of employee outreach programs, described in company documents as a way for Wal-Mart to show workers “that we do appreciate you and that we have an ongoing commitment to listening […]

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Wrong Again

President Bush has chosen the wrong man for the job. Again. This past week, Dr. Eric Keroack, an anti-choice and abstinence-only advocate, was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs. In this post, Keroack would have authority over Title X funding, funding that is supposed to go toward comprehensive family planning services, contraception and […]

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It’s the Economy, again…

The political pundits and spin doctors told us that, this election season, Democrats used a double-pronged strategy: align all Republicans with the failures of the current administration, offering a Democratic vision as the viable alternative, while recruiting Democratic candidates with a slight socially conservative bent to appeal to a broader spectrum of voters. The focus […]

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back…

Today South Africa became the first African nation to legalize same-sex marriage, recognizing the “voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnized and registered by either a marriage or civil union.” Back on the other side of the Atlantic, Canada decided to reopen debate on the topic. Canada became the fourth country after the Netherlands, […]

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Women Own The Democratic Party

Martha Burk at TomPaine.com notes the increased estrogen levels in foreign politicians, cites “the unprecedented number of female candidates and winners in the U.S. elections, topped off by the first female speaker of the house,” and concludes, “The trend is clear: Women are now flexing political muscle like never before.”Any guesses which ex-first lady she’s […]

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Bitter Brew

The first lesson of economics is a simple and basic contention: one will act in one’s own self-interest. In a global economy in which it could be successfully argued that multinational corporations have created oligarchies more powerful than some international political bodies, what becomes of developing nations, those nations on the brink of economic survival? […]

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Still A Man’s World?

Is it possible that in the twenty-first century women’s political equality is still not on parity with that of men? Yes, says the 2006 Global Gender Report by the World Economic Forum. In fact, as the WEF’s analysis shows, in an examination of 115 countries around the globe, women only hold 15% of the political […]

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Alice Walker: "America is not free"

In the Looking Glass: Some 25 Years After ‘The Color Purple,’ Alice Walker Reflects, and Sees a Rainbow (Washington Post)At 62, Walker grounds her life in meditation and yoga, and she writes about things like “the root of the peace cradling me” and “the ecstatic nature of impersonal love” that bonds her with the Iraqi […]

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Remnick v. Obama

From the New Yorker‘s “Online Only” content: David Remnick talks with Barack Obama at the American Magazine Conference in Phoenix.“The biggest problem we have in our politics, and our campaigns press this upon candidates, is to lie about the choices that have to be made. And to obfuscate and to fudge. And so by the […]

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Unreal Reality: Chernobyl Ten Years Later

“Chernobyl showed us how dangerous is modern civilization’s ‘cult of force.’ How glaring are the imperfections of this reliance on power and coercion above all else. How dangerous our modern worldviews are to us ourselves. How humanitarian man is lagging behind technological man.” -Svetlana Alexievich- For her latest book, “Voices of Chernobyl,” Svetlana Alexievich interviewed […]

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American Methods

On ZNet, Portland anarchist Kristian Williams discusses her book American Methods, which “deals with the US government’s use of torture, starting with an analysis of the Abu Ghraib scandal,” and claims that “careful reading shows how the torture at Abu Ghraib, and similar abuses elsewhere, came as a predictable consequence of policy decisions made a […]

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Against an Imperial Internet

Bill Moyers and Scott Fogdall have a piece about the future of the Internet on TomPaine.com.“The Bush majority on the FCC has bowed to the interests of the big cable and telephone companies to strip away, or undo, the Internet’s basic DNA of openness and non-discrimination. When some members of Congress set out to restore […]

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The Audacity of Hope

Time is running a clip from Barack Obama’s new memoir, The Audacity of Hope. The excerpt mainly deals with Obama’s view of religion as it relates to politics:“What our deliberative, pluralistic democracy demands is that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals must be subject […]

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"It’s about Profit"

I received this link in response to the “How Much Longer” post a while back:“It’s about profit. End the profit, and you end the problem.”Has anyone seen the film, “LORD OF WAR”?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_Warhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0399295/

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Little Lessons Learned so Early.

This is an email submission I received a while back With the start of another school year, I thought it apt to reprint the exchange here.My daughter came home from Kindergarten:“I hate it. My teacher is nice, but there aren’t ANY brown kids, and no brown teachers. Not anywhere. I don’t think they like brown […]

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